Ordinarily, we are born, we eat, we excrete, we live life and then we die. In between we also play games of power, sex, pride, ego and comparisons. Every breathing being on this planet has in some way fallen a prey to a range of life weakening traits like greed, pride, desire, jealousy, infatuation, anger, false ego and few other negative traits. Infact the very first statement of this article is in a way inappropriate, that “we live life and then we die”. The right statement would be that, most of us live an unconscious life and then we die.
Ask yourself a few simple questions and the result would decide your current state of existence, conscious or unconscious. What happens when failure strikes you? Do you feel low and depressed initially and then recover with time or do you embrace failure with grace. You discover that your spouse or your fiancée or your beloved is offering their love to someone else other than you? Would you feel shattered? Would that situation instill anger or revenge in you or would you let go? Your child fails in the school or college, would you set your temperament loose or will you maintain your tranquillity and try to look at a larger picture? If you find yourself saying yes, to many of former options, you might want to consider trying conscious living.
Your answers to these simple everyday life questions will confirm that your existence on this planet is way far away from a conscious state. We are nothing but slaves of our thoughts and emotions. We do not act, we react. We are simple executors of external commands, without applying any rational filtration to our thoughts or emotions. It is not we who live this life, it is our thoughts and emotions who enjoy living their life’s, we just remain a medium of action and nothing else. We have matched our status to that of a computer software operated machine, the software decides what action should happen next and we remain slaves of all these life weakening traits till the end of our life.
Someone proves us wrong and we get angry, we become revengeful, don’t we? Every individual seems to be on a race to reach the zenith of prosperity, becoming a millionaire, everybody is dreaming of becoming the topmost head, the head of the society, the head of an institution, the head of a company, nothing less would do. We all are running a blind marathon, and while running this blind race we don’t care how many get hurt, how many get crumpled under our feet or how many die. We are not bothered about anybody else; our only concern is to reach our goal, a goal of being at the top, the best, the #1. But deep inside, even this blind runner is not aware, what exactly his goal is, how does the goal look like? The ones gifted with a decent span of existence (typically above 65 years of life) on this planet definitely to some extent realizes the futility of this blind race and gives up this run towards the fag end of his life. A strange realization strikes him, but such a man is also not a free man, he continues to travel on life’s path with loads of guilt accumulated from his blind run of the past.
The intent of this article is only to help each one of us realize that we are gifted with a mysterious choice, to live a conscious or an unconscious life. Life’s journey travelled with the burden of any of these life weakeners is not a life lived at all. Such a kind of living is what I call as an unconscious living. I am reminded of a very beautiful and meaningful song sung by late Kishore Kumar in the early 70’s.
Aise Jeevan bhi hai, jo jiye hi nahi.
Jinko Jeene se pahele hi mauth aa gaya.
Don’t be surprised to know that 99% of humanity bids adieu to this planet by continuing to remain in a state of unconsciousness. They are busy playing power games, busy in their cravings for wealth and physical pleasure, busy earning fame, superiority, designations and buttering their false ego’s that never had its existence. A large number in the balance 1%, awaken themselves with a sudden realization of life in the last lap of their journey of life, and a very miniscule number or humans choose to live a conscious life quite early in the journey. Such a person, who has chosen to live a conscious life, way before the customary rest will have a different quality of existence, he will definitely face the ultimate truth of existence– death, with a divine contentment, an inexplicable ecstasy, such a beings consciousness will be extreme and inconceivable.
You don’t have to practice doing any arm twisting postures or even attend a university to learn the art of living life consciously. Living life consciously in simple words means, that we choose to take charge of our life; we route everything that emanates from our unconscious being through our conscious being now. No matter which life threatening thoughts or feelings or emotions stand face to face with your consciousness, your consciousness has the power to choose and decide on making conscious actions rather than automated reactions.
Conscious actions will always radiate a quality of totality, completeness. Your child spilled water over your latest iPhone, you latest love – anger is the first emotion that erupts out of your turbulent mind, isn’t it? Anger has arrived, that’s fine, but when anger is held face to face with your conscious being, you look at it, you evaluate it, you consciously decide whether its anger who rules you or you rule over anger. The child who spilled water by mistake is already in a lower state of life now, and you are powerful enough to punish him and inflict pain, you have anger as your companion with you now, but your consciousness is gigantic, it evaluates the outcome of every action it takes. Will punishing help the iPhone return to normalcy? Or is that punishment a subtle ego satisfier for your self? A conscious being will chose from a range of possible actions, an action that will yield a result that is inherently beautiful and bloodless.
I have always recommended this act and it has infact turned out to be successful mantras for thousands of individuals, to enable them take a leap into conscious living – attend a funeral every time you get an opportunity. Death has the extraordinary power to hit you hard and bring you back from your unconsciousness to consciousness. The mortal remains or the dead body has the unusual power to make you stand in the questioning box and ask you that:
If this is also the kind of end you would arrive to, then what kind of pride are you carrying for your wealth or richness?
If your end is no different than this state, then what kind of pride are you carrying for your beauty?
If this is your ultimate state, then what kind of pride are you carrying for your knowledge and intelligence?
You should have goals, I am not against success, I am not against goals, you should aim to go higher, you should aspire for a better state, but all your goals and aspirations should be from your conscious self, your goals should be such that you achieve them without playing cunning tricks, painful power games, without harming others. All your blind goals of life smell blood in it. You success is not a real success; if it has been at the cost of someone else’s suffering. Goals achieved by a conscious being will have a unique peace in it, a silent beauty, a soothing aroma.
Oh Come back, Come back – Life is calling. Drop your pride, your ego, your identifications. Drop everything that is buttering your ego. Drop your anger, your jealousy, your grudges, you revengefulness, drop them and march ahead in life with grace – Mind it, life is too short to live.
Conscious living means, you live life here and now, you live life through awareness. You have chosen to blossom in life. You were born as a bud with the potential of flowering and now you have chosen to blossom unlike others who choose to remain a bud. That is what I call conscious living. You enjoy your breathing, your walking. You dance, you sing, every action fills your being with more life. Every action also ensures that it does not pain the other, it does not exploit the other, it does not belittle the other. Then your life is in tremendous harmony with existence. Then your whole life is filled with the nectar of divinity.
Drop your pride, your ego, your designations, your identifications and bring in awareness, be conscious of every action, act but do not react, bring in silence, love, peace and tranquillity. Once you find silence, peace, love residing within you, then you will experience oneness, you dissolve into the greater whole and you find yourself in tremendous oneness with the whole of existence and this experience is the only fruit of conscious living – welcome to the world of conscious living.